I fitted the bill. There are no reliable statistics on rape in Congo. But these days, they are collected, processed and auctioned to the highest bidder. From old women to young children, the soldiers do not discriminate; the stories of their brutality and torture are so horrific that they rarely reach western ears. Apparently I gave her a message for my mum: I was unemployed, trying to kickstart a career in political journalism, when I received a call from a BBC producer making a documentary about the Democratic Republic of Congo. Although I'd seen my parents' home in pictures, I almost walked past it and missed it; suddenly, Mum burst out of the house, and grabbed me into a hug.
Wednesday, 13 June,
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In eastern Congo, rape and sexual violence are routinely employed as weapons to subjugate villages and terrorise entire communities. After she left us at the departure gates, a friend of hers who worked in the airport saw us on to the plane. When the locals start accepting it as the norm, we as a world have failed them. Absolutely wonderful, thank you for sharing. While the Sudanese slaughter has attracted worldwide condemnation, prompting Hollywood film-maker Steven Spielberg to quit as artistic director of the Beijing Olympics, few parts of Africa are now untouched by China. China's robotic spy birds take surveillance to new heights 28 Jun - 9: